Los Angeles Dodgers roll again, push Arizona Diamondbacks to edge

Beth Cruz
October 11, 2017

Kenley Jansen recorded his second save of the series.

These Dodgers have been here before, but never like this. Ending the D-backs season and sending the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series for the third time in the last five years. After scoring ten runs - nine off homers - over the first two games of the series, Arizona mustered only a solo shot by Daniel Descalso, shocking many in the sellout crowd of 48,641 at Chase Field. The Boys in Blue jumped into that exact pool in September 2013, after clinching an NL West title against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks dispatched police horses to guard the structure, just in case. "We have that focus again, every single player, on every single pitch".

The Diamondbacks' first-year manager, Torey Lovullo, expressed confidence that Greinke, his ace pitcher, would keep the series alive on Monday.

Yes, those were "Let's Go Dodgers" chants that ultimately swept the building as the Dodgers' swam only in champagne.

The Dodgers rookie was one of the best stories in baseball this season, hitting 39 home runs. It was about rediscovering their focus, and bringing back the fun.

After all, almost everything Roberts has done in the first two games of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks has turned to gold.

This was a Diamondbacks team that often seemed unsettled and overmatched.

The Dodgers earned an extended break with their one-sided series victory over the Diamondbacks, one of the few teams to give consistent trouble to Los Angeles in the regular season.

No, this was all about Dodgers baseball.

The 22-year-old Bellinger became the youngest Dodger ever to hit a postseason home run.

The momentum that Bellinger created with his bat and his glove carried over into the next inning, which Austin Barnes led off with a home run to end Greinke's night and give Los Angeles a two-run cushion.

Yu Darvish was stellar, tossing five innings allowing only one run on two hits while accumulating seven strikeouts.

Arizona took a 2-0 first-inning lead against Hill. This could be a bad matchup for the Dodgers, putting them up against the one team that they probably didn't want to face in the divisional series round. Maeda who was a starter for the majority of the 2017 season, has taken on a relief role for the postseason.

The Dodgers celebrating after their win against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

After four days off, the Dodgers will get back to work this weekend when they host either the Chicago Cubs or Washington on Saturday night to begin Los Angeles' fifth NLCS in 10 years.

It was only three games, but it was filled with the dominance the Lakers displayed in 2001 in winning their first 11 playoff games during the height of their dynasty.

How bad was it here? Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong.

In another corner of the clubhouse, Andre Ethier, the longest-tenured Dodger, stood against a wall and contemplated the Dodgers' recent history of coming up short in October, which by extension, is also his own history.

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